Kansas shooting: Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead in a heinous racist act in the United States on Thursday by an American Navy veteran in a bar in Olathe, Kansas. The American hurled racist abuse at Hyderabad-origin Kuchibhotla and yelled ‘get out of my country’ before shooting the Indian dead. Adam Purinton, the navy veteran was caught by police after he ran away from the scene. The 32-year-old techie’s friend who was sent to hospital while another one is still there.
Kuchibhotla’s family reacted today and said that, “Sushma Swaraj, local BJP team and Telangana government has been very supportive. We want the body to come back at the earliest”. Kuchibhotla’s body will be brought back via air after Foreign Minister Swaraj extended her help.
The relatives blamed the recent election of Donald Trump as president of US as the reason for this incident. Trump in his run-up to election made many speeches against immigrants taking jobs of Americans. “This is first time it happened to (my) family; Trump is only the primary reason as of now. A racist person said ‘get out of my country’ and targeted my brother and his friend,” Kuchibhotla’s relative added.
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Sushma Swaraj, Foreign Minister expressed her concerns in a tweet : I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. Reacting to teh news, ex-Indian Ambassador to US, N Chandra, told ANI, “Definitely hate crime. Something that’s happened before. This shows dangerous trend among disgruntled people.”
He explained that, “In run-up to the election, passions have been whipped up against immigrants and foreigners. Now it’s become white vs non-white. I’m sure Trump administration must be watching it carefully and FBI, local police have taken prompt action. But it’s not enough.”
“Unfortunate part is that some of appointments made by Trump produced role models of very different kind… They’re very illiberal and have been making bad speeches that sort of has enhanced the feeling of victimhood,” said Chandra.
NDTV reported that US Embassy in India has condemned this incident in a statement, “The United States is a nation of immigrants and welcomes people from across the world to visit, work, study, and live,” US Charge d’Affaires MaryKay Carlson said in a statement.
Kuchibhotla was from Hyderabad, he did his engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological Institute and then Master’s from University of Texas. He worked in a multinational and lived with his wife in US.